“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”

Psalm 5:3

Making God in Man’s Image

(Please read Matthew 5:8 and Romans 1:21-25 )

December 21

It started with Adam and Eve. They had close encounters with God but didn’t understand his ways. They assumed that he was like them. They were capable of being deceived, so they attributed that weakness to God. They could hide from one another, so they thought they could hide from God.

The Greeks, Romans and others went further and made images of their gods, making most of them resemble people. Knowing that they themselves were guilty of lying, envy, adultery and suchlike, they assigned the same failings to their mythological gods. Then they could excuse their own sins by ascribing the same faults to their gods.

God, of course, is not pleased with such things, and he despises the worship of idols. As described in Psalm 50, he castigated the wicked for theft, deceit and slander, saying, “You thought I was altogether like you, but I will rebuke you and accuse you to your face” (Verse 21, NIV).

Nobody can paint a picture of God, but even we who claim to serve him may be inclined to change our concept of him to agree with our own likes and dislikes. For example, some worship a “white” God, or an “American” God, not being able to conceive of a God who loves all people, and one race as much as another.

To overcome this failing, we need to heed Paul’s exhortation to “be transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Romans 12:2). Regular, serious study will help transform our character to his. He created us in his image, and we must live to please him, instead of the other way around.

 

 

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